The neuroanesthesia rotations at Loyola encompasses a large and varied clinical experience. The program blends both high quality didactic and operating room training with state-of-the-art surgeries involving both the spine and intracranial procedures. Loyola is home for the Center for Cranial Base Surgery and is a Midwest referral center for tumors involving the skull base. Residents at Loyola perform a large number of anesthesia for neuromas of the acoustic nerve, glomus vagale and jugulare tumors and clival meningiomas. Residents gain experience with sitting position approach to the skull base and are exposed to all aspects of air embolism prophylaxis and prevention. Further, there is a large variety of neurovascular procedures performed and residents gains a good deal of experience in the neuroradiology suites doing complex anesthesia for aneurysm coiling, ablation and stent placements.
In addition, a large number of complex spine procedures are performed and residents learn techniques involving hypotensive anesthesia and the effect of anesthetic agents on neurophysiologic monitors. All of this coupled with the fact that Loyola is the major trauma center for the West and South Chicago Suburbs, provides an excellent experience in both complex elective and emergent neurologic procedures.
The didactic portion of the neuroanesthetic experience involves both case discussions and formal overviews of neurovascular anesthesia, methods for control of intracranial pressure, neurophysiologic monitoring, neuroprotection and spinal cord injury.
The variety of case mix, didactic and operating room rotation make the neuroanesthesia experience at Loyola rewarding and valuable for training resident physicians.